Visiting Exmoor for a self-catering break this summer? Get a real taste of Exmoor and buy your holiday food and drink locally!
If you’re heading to Exmoor this summer, why not stock up on your food, drink, groceries, and household products using the local village shops.
There are countless reasons why buying locally is important. Here on Exmoor, spending locally helps keep the rural community thriving and full of life. For every £1 spent, it’s estimated that over 60p is returned to the local area*.
Buying locally is better for nature and the environment. Many producers and suppliers are small-scale farmers championing low-impact approaches that work with, not against, nature. Look out for grass-fed beef and lamb, organic fruit and vegetables, handmade jams and chutneys and deliciously sweet local honey among the many delicacies available to try.
Locally sourced food also means that our food travels fewer miles to get to our plates, and fewer miles means a smaller carbon footprint. Transporting food for shorter distances means less packaging too, as it’s not needed to protect and keep food fresh.
Look out for ‘Produced in Exmoor’ signage in shops around Exmoor National Park and the Greater Exmoor area.
Tony Howard, who owns Withypool Tea Rooms and Village Shop, explains why he stocks and uses local produce:
“We’re proud to be selling a range of locally grown and produced food and drinks. We recognise the importance of supporting our local producers within Exmoor’s rural economy, but the real benefits are much wider – emissions from road and air transport are having a huge impact on greenhouse gases and we must do as much as we can to reduce the miles our food travels before it gets to our plates.
There are so many fantastic producers across Exmoor and Greater Exmoor. By buying locally, not only are you supporting the area, but you’re also getting a real taste of Exmoor!”
You can pre-order your food, drink, and holiday groceries at Withypool Village Shop. Using the link below you can see details of all the local producers that are stocked including Exmoor Ales, Exmoor Distillery, Exmoor Tea, Wicked Wolf Gin, Coast to Moor Coffee, Wellhayes Sparkling Wine, Little Oak Pork, Croft and Cottage and so many more!
Within the link you’ll also find a form so you can place your order ready for collection on your arrival in Exmoor.
*Reference: Exmoor National Park Authority https://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/